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Hi folks,
I was wondeirng if any of you could tell me what would cause that sort of thing? I was driving the wife's car behind my wife driving mine and noticed my drivers rear wheel bouncing/hopping. Is that a bad shock or bad spring? Would the warraty cover that?

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Could be, or maybe the tire/wheel just lost the balance wieght, or both...Look and see if there is a mark on the wheel lip where a wieght was applied and is now missing. Usually you can see the dirt mark or scuffing on the wheels finish and no weight in the spot.
 

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^^^ What he said.

You can swap that wheel with the front driver's side wheel and then take a drive. If you feel a vibration at speed, then it is likely a balance issue. If the wheel is still balanced, you have a bad shock. Replace the rear shocks as a set.
 

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Or you bent a wheel, or your tire is old and is starting to fail internally.

As squshy says, if you move it to the front and you have the same issue (in the new location) then you know it is the wheel/tire and exclude any suspension issues.

My money is on the tire/wheel and it might be easier to just take it to your local tire center. They usually do the troubleshooting for free... and then sell you a tire, or 4..., with a lifetime alignment and and and... never mind :horse:
 

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It's one case where I actually agree with the money-grabbing bastards trying to get your cash. :thumb:

If the rest of the tires are past 20% worn, replace with a used tire of identical model and similar tread wear. If the tires are past 50% worn, replace all with new tires and sell the old tires to a used tire dealer or on craigslist.
 

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Well just to update on an old thread...it's finnaly fixed.

After replacing the tries, an alignment, checking the balance again, checking the driveshaft to make sure it's true, it ended up being a bad shock in the back. The shocked was leaking badly according to the mechanic. He also told me the fornt one was leaking now too. So, new shocks, struts, tire rotation, and a tranny flush cost me $630. Ouch. I guess it was a necessary evil. Just mad the shocks gave out after only 45K miles. Oh well. Rides nice now. =)
 

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ive got 155,000km on ,mine and the suspension has been relatively rouble free, i replaced the ball joints and link kits, but that sit, and i do tow a pretty heavy trailer once in a while. i guess ive been kinda lucky.
 

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I think I have ummm "worked" my suspension a little more than others. My wife thinks I will eventually break the entire thing in half if I keep saying "hey, I wonder where that dirt path leads". Just wish they didnt sit so low to the ground. There are lots of things to scrape/bend/destroy/mangle underneath the truck that you have to be conscious of. I would love to see one day, a nice Jeep eating off-road Escape. I hear anything is possible with enough $$$$. I just don't have any. HA!

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just be careful of your evap system, it sits under your body, and is made of plastic. i would suggest a skid plate for it if you drive in places like that.
 

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TheLegoguy said:
I think I have ummm "worked" my suspension a little more than others. My wife thinks I will eventually break the entire thing in half if I keep saying "hey, I wonder where that dirt path leads". Just wish they didnt sit so low to the ground. There are lots of things to scrape/bend/destroy/mangle underneath the truck that you have to be conscious of. I would love to see one day, a nice Jeep eating off-road Escape. I hear anything is possible with enough $$$$. I just don't have any. HA!

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HAHA!

We had an 98 Escort that did off (soft) road duty before we got the Tribute. Our family has a couple cabins in remote locations that must be accessed using the soft road as there is no other. Yes the bottom scrapped, bumped and sounded aweful :worry: . But no damage, I always took it nice and very slowly :yes: . There were even a couple of high water crossings that the little car just went through. :thumb: For the Tribute it's a snap! Other vehicles used to go to those mountain locales? 4 X 4 'Yota pickup, Mercedes ML 320, 4 X 4 F-250...LOL!
 

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Jonas,
So you know where I'm coming from then. I have taken mine to a few spots that no Escape prolly should have been. Would have loved to have gotten a BDS lift when they were making them. I can tell you that the Escape will float for a minute or two too. Highly not recommend testing it though(makes the carpeting all yucky). :shock:
 

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I used to do regular water crossings with the Escape to get to a beach which was my BBQ spot. It's why I cut away most of the intake and switched to an oiled K&N filter, to keep water from getting in. There's a washboard road nearby which probably ruined the Escort's shocks - it rides like an old Cadillac now. I don't really want to fix that "feature"... :lol:
 
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